Memorial Staff Member Honored with YWCA Women of Distinction Award
YWCA Madison recognized six women as 2022 Women of Distinction honorees, including Memorial High School Multicultural Student Coordinator, Andrea Jones.
The Women of Distinction awards were established in 1974 to increase community awareness and appreciation of the diverse contributions of women in the workforce and in the community.
“I have yet to find the words to describe how it really feels to be receiving this award,” Jones said. “Being recognized by my peers and community lets me know that they, too, are pleased with my work, and it motivates me to keep impacting, empowering, and advocating for our youth.”
Jones started her role at Memorial in 2018, where she also serves as the Black Student Union advisor. Outside of MMSD, Jones is the founder and CEO of Kreative Kidz Academy preschool.
Of the many aspects of her role–which include mentoring, advising, and advocating for students–one of her favorites is the lifelong connection she makes with the high schoolers.
“I love providing them with a safe space in the building, being that listening ear when needed, that shoulder to cry when times are hard, giving words of wisdom and encouragement when things get complicated,” Jones said. “I love watching them grow over the years, and both happy and sad when it's time for them to cross the stage and step into the next chapter of their lives.”
At Memorial, Jones describes her coworkers as “an extended family,” noting how she works closely with the student services department and school security team. YWCA celebrated the Women of Distinction honorees Thursday night at a reception.